Sailing Magazine - Perry on Design Mon, 06 Dec 21 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Hylas 57 - This elegant cruiser is meant for ocean sailing When I was 15, I worked in a meat market, Ray’s Meats, after school. My walk home would take me past an old-fashioned drug store that had an extensive assortment of magazines including at least four...]]> J/45 - With a racer-cruiser pedigree, this performance cruiser will make speedy offshore passages Sometimes when I listen to an old Jackson Brown album, I get the feeling that Mr. Brown had been following me around taking notes. I get a similar feeling when I look at a new J/Boats cruising design....]]> BP 28 - After 50 years and hundreds of designs, Bob Perry revisits one of his classics and redesigns it for the modern era It was 1973. I had left my job drawing ferrocement boat plans for Jay Benford and was headed to Boston to work for Dick Carter—my dream job. I never bought into the ferrocement “craze” that Benf...]]> Bali 4.2 - This comfortable cruising cat has plenty of space for three couples to lounge about I try to keep my reviews objective. I don’t always succeed. If I see what I consider to be a “design flaw” I’ll point it out. But aesthetics are so subjective. I hesitate to impose my sen...]]> Kinetic 54 - This new cruising catamaran boasts good performance with comfortable living space Let’s add 12 feet to the LOA and see what designers Simonis Voogd can do with an LOA of 54 feet 3 inches. I think the main difference between this big cat built by Kinetics Catamarans and the Bali 4...]]> Jeanneau 60 - This powerful performance cruiser has speed and style for world cruising Here’s a big, stylish cruising boat from Jeanneau with the focus on comfort. The Jeanneau Yacht 60 is designed by Philippe Briand, a very accomplished designer of both racing and cruising boats.Look...]]> Hallberg-Rassy 50 - With all kinds of bells and whistles available, this cruiser can make ocean passages in comfort I always enjoy getting a new Hallberg-Rassy model to review. I like German Frers hull designs and the layouts and decks of the H-R boats are always very well thought out. This new model at 50 fee...]]> Shogun 50 - The racer-cruiser is 200% fast and comfortable I frequently ask my editor Greta to give me something interesting and different to review. Well, I got my wish this month. This new design by Oscar and Haken Södergren is really different. If yo...]]> Oyster 495 - The raised-saloon cruiser has creature comforts for two couples Here’s a new Oyster model that is about the same LOA as the Shogun 50, but this is a cruising boat with no pretense to being a race boat. Oyster did not invent the raised saloon configuration. ...]]> Dehler 38SQ - This racer-cruiser puts the focus on speed with a slick deck layout This month we have two new European builds to review, the Dehler 38 SQ and the Dufour 430 Grand Large. It would be nice to compare the differences in the two designs, but most of the differences are i...]]> Dufour 430 - Sleek performance cruiser checks all the right boxes for offshore sailing Dufour is one of the oldest French production builders still in business. In 1974 I raced a Dufour Arpege in the Chicago-Mackinac race. The Arpege was an older design at that time. This latest Dufour,...]]> Jeanneau Yacht 60 This month we have two very nice cruising boats to review. It’s hard these days to clearly define “cruising boat.” My definition is any boat that you can cruise. That leaves a lot of latitude.&n...]]> Lyman-Morse 46 - The modern cold-molded cruiser has speed and style for fast passages Here’s a handsome new design by my friend Kevin Dibley. Kevin is a very good designer and a nice guy. The builder is Lyman-Morse and the company’s pedigree goes back many years. I have been to tha...]]> Catana OC - This elegant cruising catamaran has speed and sailability The French catamaran builder Catana started building cruising cats 20 years ago, and at that time, cruising cats were far from mainstream. If you went to the Annapolis boat show back then you might se...]]> Leopard 42 - With clever interior design, this new cruising cat feels bigger than 42 feet Leopard Catamarans has 25 years of cruising catamaran experience. The result is this new 42-foot model that builds off the success of the Leopard 40 model along with advances in styling made with the ...]]> Sea Hawk FC 37 - When a designer takes on a crowd as a client, the result is an offshore cruiser that pleases the masses I was cruising through Facebook one morning and I saw a post that referenced a “Robert Perry Yacht Design Fan Club.” I thought it must be a joke, so I did a search. I found a very well-compos...]]> Excess 11 - The fresh thinking behind this cruising cat results in a good looking speedster This new catamaran was designed by VPLP with an interior design from Patrick Le Quement. Like almost all cruising cats the profile is a bit brutal and this is a function of pulling all the beam—21 f...]]> Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 - This new cruiser has a large array of options sure to please every sailor Here’s a new Beneteau Oceanis model that ticks all the boxes. About the only thing I can see that’s not offered is a hard dodger and that would be hard to work in with this deck plan. The thing th...]]> Café Racer - With elan and speed, this luxury daysailer will turn heads We have two high-performance daysailers to review this month. Both boats are promoted as daysailers, which begs the question: “Exactly what is a daysailer?” Is it a boat you sail during the day? A...]]> Melges 15 - This new daysailer has performance for all ages If my buddy calls and invited me for a sail aboard his new daysailer I think I have a pretty good idea what to expect and how to prepare for the day. I’d bring some bottled water, sunscreen, a sandw...]]> Pelagic 77 - This expedition schooner has the right stuff for high-latitude sailing Every month I pester my editor Greta, “Find me something interesting. Find me something I can sink my teeth into.” Well, this month she has outdone herself. Thanks Greta. I think the most fun for ...]]> DH 550 - With speed and comfort, this catamaran can be build built by a home builder Here’s an unusual catamaran project from my old friend Dudley Dix. It’s unusual because the client was Phil Harvey, builder of the Gunboat cats in South Africa, Dudley’s previous home. Dudley an...]]> Isla Aid 95 - This stylish ketch is designed for work and play I get some unusual design commissions but this is the first time another yacht designer has asked me to design a boat for him. Rob Leighton­—I call him Capt. Rob—is an accomplished yacht des...]]> Tilikum - This junk-rigged barge-styled cruiser oozes classic charm If you were walking the docks last weekend you probably didn’t notice the three old codgers sitting on the bench at the end of the pier. No reason you should except for the fact that the three of th...]]> Paine 15 - A designer found the perfect client in creating a comfortable, powerful daysailer Ithink it was about eight years ago when I heard that Chuck Paine had retired. I was incredulous. How do you walk away from your life? I called Chuck and found him a bit bitter due to the complication...]]> Dufour 530 - With customizable options galore, this cruiser will be comfortable for a crowd The newest boat in the Dufour line is the 530 designed by Felci Yacht Design. When I review a new boat I look for some defining feature that sets it apart from the competition. In this case we have a ...]]> Acrona 345 - This handsome design packs all you need for family cruising This is the newest boat from the Arcona yard in Gustavsberg, Sweden. I think it is the perfect size for family cruising. Nothing is overwhelming. Space is tight but you can get everything you need in ...]]> Wylie 60 - Blending out-of-the-box thinking with custom elements, this daysailer is a super speedster I’ve known Tom Wylie for a long time. I once owned a boat he designed, a Wylie Wabbit—24 feet of thrills and spills. Tom has always been an original thinker. When just about every designer was doi...]]> Catalina 545 - This large family cruiser has all the bells and whistles for Catalina fans I received a very nice design package from Gerry Douglas, head designer at Catalina Yachts. I think I may have reviewed more Catalina models than any other manufacturer in the many years I have b...]]> Oyster 565 - This passagemaker is packed with style and comfort for cruising This month we are going to look at two large cruising boats: the Hylas 60 and the Oyster 565. They share a target market and a general  approach to styling and hull shape. The numbers are so clos...]]>